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California > 13.1 Los Angeles Half Marathon & Karhu 5K
Los Angeles, CA  •  Sunday, January 13, 2013  •  Course Map  •  Series Calendar


The series of "13.1 Marathon"-themed half marathon races throughout the U.S. expanded to Los Angeles in the winter of 2010 with the inaugural running of the 13.1 Los Angeles Half Marathon & Karhu 5K, an event that features both a half marathon and a 5K race for runners and walkers, dubbed the Karhu 5K.

The Los Angeles race will the first of eight 13.1-theme races throughout the year, with additional races in Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

For the setting of the third annual L.A. 13.1 Marathon, the race organizers have chosen the city's famed Venice Beach Boardwalk, where the race will start and take runners and walkers on an L-shaped course that follows its first mile along the boardwalk and then turns onto Venice Boulevard. The course then follows a long straightaway run for the next five and a half miles or so up along Venice Boulevard, to the turnaround point in Culver City.

After making the turn, runners then head back along the route they've just run, back toward the Pacific Ocean and through neighborhoods including Mar Vista and Palms, turning just before they make it back to the boardwalk area onto Main Street for the finish, just blocks away from Santa Monica Beach.

The race will be run on paved streets throughout, and runners and walkers (who will start after the runners and are asked to be able to complete the race within three and a half hours) will find the course follows a long, gradual uphill for the first half of the race along Venice Boulevard, followed by an equally gradual downhill through the second half of the race back toward the finish line.

Race Weather & Climate

Known for its mostly mild, sunny weather year-round, the city of Los Angeles in Southern California typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions during the month the race is held, and generally sees its second-wettest month of the year in January. On the day of the race (Jan. 13), the city's average high temperature is 68°F and its average low is 48°F, while rainfall amounts for January average just over 3.3 inches for the month.

Course Map

View the race route map for the 13.1 Los Angeles Half Marathon


$65 for the half marathon, if registered by July 12, 2012
$75 between July 13 - October 18
$85 between Oct. 19 - December 6
$95 between Dec. 7 - January 6, 2012
$105 at the race packet pickup


To reserve your spot in the winter 2013 running of the 13.1 Marathon Los Angeles or Karhu 5K race, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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